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New XO PC model lands in Uruguay

The One Laptop Per Child organisation’s latest creation, the XO 1.75, has touched down in Uruguay.
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Apple to reveal plans on Monday for $97.6bn cash hoard

Apple released a brief announcement late Sunday afternoon, Cupertino time, that it would hold a conference call and webcast on Monday morning to talk about plans for its jumbo, humongous, Brobdingnagian, elephantine, and gargantuan cash hoard.
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QLD flood report calls for emergency services broadband network

The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry’s Final Report calls for the creation of a dedicated wireless broadband network for the emergency services.
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China's police ignore real name rules ... so far

Users of China’s hugely popular social media platforms must now register with their real-names if they want to be granted posting rights after a strict new government ruling came into force on Friday night, although reports suggest that the rules have yet to be enforced across the board.
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Extended software support 'immoral and indefensible'

Are extended software support fees immoral and indefensible? That’s a question that one Gartner analyst has just, in a roundabout way, answered in the affirmative.
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New steganography technique relies on letter shapes

A trio of Indian researchers have proposed a method of steganography which hides messages in by using non-random distribution of letters with or without straight lines.
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Writers' alliance throws the book at Apple 'piracy'

Apple’s legal troubles in China took a turn for the worse at the weekend after it emerged that a group of writers filed a 50 million yuan (£5m) lawsuit alleging that the fruity tech giant is illegally selling unlicensed copies of their books on its App Store.
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China’s handset-makers plan home-grown platforms

Analysis China’s mobile phone market is about to hit an epic milestone of one billion users, but experts are split over whether the country’s 4G plans will succeed, while opportunities for non-local tech companies could become increasingly limited in the region as homegrown mobile platform players emerge.
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Vimeo takedown leads to court loss

An Australian artist, Richard Bell, has won a case against a film-maker who asked Vimeo to remove a film about him. His lawyers say it is “the first time damages have been awarded where a third party had content removed from the Internet without legal justification.”
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E.ON to flog stake in wind farms to private firms

Energy giant E.ON is to seek private investment for three large offshore wind farms, it has announced. The investment would be in addition to the €2 billion it said it will invest itself in the projects.
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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

The Metropolitan Police Service will use software from the 1980s to coordinate the command and communications of its policing operations during the London Olympic Games.
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Robotics breakthrough blasts crud from that bit behind the lav

A water-pumping squeegee-wielding robot that can reach the awkward no man's land around the back of the loo was unveiled this week - a product launch narrowly overshadowed by the new iPad's debut.
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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies

We at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau generally have little contact with the internet commentard mosh pit, where the bottom feeders vie for immortality in the pantheon of the obtuse.
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HP wheels out ProLiant refresh for some channel lovin'

HP says the soon-to-launch ProLiant Gen8 servers represent a much-needed refresh opportunity for dealers.
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iPad 3 costs Apple 30% more to make than iPad 2

One thing Apple's doing with its massive cash mountain: giving punters more iPad for their money. The News iPad - aka the iPad 3 - costs as much to buy as the iPad 2 did, but it costs a lot more to make.
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Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

Geek Treat of the Week The premise behind Belkin’s dual-band travel router is simple: you arrive at a hotel with multiple devices capable of connecting to the internet over Wi-Fi, but there’s only one connection in the room and it’s Ethernet-shaped.
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Microsoft: No next-gen Xbox in 2012

Those anticipating an Xbox '720' reveal at games industry shindig E3 2012 will be disappointed. Microsoft has insisted it will not discuss next-gen consoles at all this year.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops

Trams Group management confirmed it has entered a 30-day consultation with former Cancom UK staff over the closure of several retail outlets.
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Cache bang wallop! Huge loads spark NetApp flash crash

Some high-end NetApp FAS6000 arrays are suffering failures that cause them to halt and restart. NetApp is fixing the problem.
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HP unveils hamper of Ivy Bridge notebooks

HP has revealed a host of Intel Ivy Bridge notebooks with a potential release mooted for next month.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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Google: No SEO boost from vanity top-level domain grab

Google has denied that companies will be able to get a search engine ranking boost by obtaining new vanity top-level domain names from ICANN.
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Alterations may be needed to make SaaS fit

Software as a service (SaaS) may be a great way to shirk some capital expenditure by not having to buy servers and software, but how will it fit in with what you already have?
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Secret Sony slate sports quad-core Tegra 3 spec

Sony is readying tablet replacements already, with benchmarks for a mysterious device known only as the V150 showing quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 specifications in online benchmark results.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

A Turkish cybersquatter has registered at least a dozen variants of Pope Benedict's name as .xxx internet domains and is using them to promote Islam.
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Hackers jailbreak new iPad hours after it hits the shelves

Video Hardware enthusiasts managed to find multiple different ways to jailbreak the new iPad over the weekend, hours after the release of Apple's latest fondleslab.
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Hardware hacker rigs up VR for Skyrim

Bethesda's Skyrim is an immersive experience as it is, but combine it with a set of Sony VR goggles and Microsoft's motion-sensing add-on, Kinect, and you get one of the most fun-looking gaming rigs I have ever seen.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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Firefox gobbles H.264 to serve up vids to mobes, slabs

Mozilla is doing a deal with the patent devil to serve video to users via Firefox on smartphones and tablets.
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Surprise! Facebook, Twitter still not THAT important for news

Twitter and Facebook are failing to create the sort of news revolution that some Web2.0 junkies might like to believe is already largely in play, a new report about the current state of media has revealed.
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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

EA enjoyed considerable success at last Friday's British Academy of Film and Television Videogames Awards 2012 when several of the publisher's games snapped up prestigious statues.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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ARM's ultra-low-power fridge-puter chips: Just what the CIA ordered

Prototypes of a new tiny, ultra low-power ARM-licensed processor will be demonstrated at an engineering conference in California next week. The chips are so small and energy efficient that they're aimed at wirelessly hooking up kitchen appliances, light bulbs and 'leccy meters to your network. And to the CIA.
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Brit LulzSec suspect charged over NHS, plod web attacks

An alleged member of hacker group LulzSec appeared in a London court on Friday charged with conspiracy over cyber-attacks against websites maintained by the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

Review Let’s cut to the chase. The "new iPad" doesn’t have the much-rumoured haptic touch technology. In fact, its list of major new features can be counted on the fingers of one hand. It doesn’t even have a number after its name. How disappointing is that?
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BBC boss Mark Thompson sets quit date

BBC director-general Mark Thompson has handed in his resignation and will serve out his notice at the public service broadcaster until autumn this year.
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Apple announces dividends, share buy-back

Apple has announced that it will begin issuing a per-share dividend of $2.65 per quarter, and will also initiate a share buy-back program. Together, these efforts will reduce Cupertino's cash hoard by about $45bn in the next three years.
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London Mayor Boris grilled on Virgin's Underground penetration

Virgin Media's London Underground wireless monopoly will last five years, but that's all right 'cos it didn't cost Transport for London a penny and other companies were allowed to bid.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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FAA mulls scrapping in-flight iPad, Kindle ban

The FAA is planning a "fresh look" at the use of gadgets during take off and landing, reasoning that if pilots are using them then it's probably OK for passengers too.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Air authority to rethink gadget use on planes

Good news, frequent flyers: the US Federal Aviation Administration is to once again assess whether gadget owners should be allowed to use their tech toys throughout flights, not just when their aircraft is up in the Big Blue.
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Huawei raids rivals' channels to pilfer dealer partners

Huawei wants to bed 1,000 resellers across Western Europe this year as it tries to crank up the pressure on rivals.
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Google Apps guru dumps Choc Factory for sugar daddy

Google's product veep Dave Girouard resigned from the company late last week to take on a job with a startup that is backed by Mountain View's venture capital wing.
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Earth once had hazy methane atmosphere like ice-moon Titan

Billions of years ago, before Earth's atmosphere had oxygen, it periodically possessed a "haze" of organic chemicals including methane, boffins have discovered. During these periods the planet's air was more like that of Titan, ice moon of Saturn, than the stuff we breathe today.
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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

The brains behind the BBC Micro are this weekend getting together to relive the glory days of the 1980s home computer revolution.
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ICANN prez calls out own board over conflicts of interest

The board of directors of internet overseer ICANN is said to be fuming after its ethics were called into question by the organisation's outgoing president and CEO.
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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Our piece last week on Eddie Murphy's cinematic train-wreck A Thousand Words - a possible nominee for the worst film ever - had El Reg commentards queuing up to recount their celluloid nightmare experiences.
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Merciless Cloud will slay storage arrays - Nasuni chief

Nasuni has a message for enterprise storage vendors: Your days are numbered.
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Foxconn won't sue over fabricated radio brickbats

The Chinese contract manufacturer vilified in the now-discredited public radio broadcast assailing its working conditions may be licking its wounds, but it won't seek redress in court.
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That MYSTERY Duqu Trojan language: Plain old C

An appeal for help from the programming community has allowed antivirus analysts to classify the unknown language used to develop key components of the Duqu Trojan.
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal.
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Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

Microsoft has given its strongest hint yet that Windows 8 on ARM (WoA) will run on a new generation of Kindle-style e-readers.
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Samsung opens up the Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has posted the source code for its Ice Cream Sandwich, Android version 4 for the Galaxy SII, opening the way for hackers to create their own Android spin.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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HP loses Vertica big data boss

Chris Lynch, the boss of HP's Vertica subsidiary, has walked the plank.
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Citrix: Stream Office from Windows Server, not Windows 7

Citrix Systems is tweaking a bunch of tools that it has tailored for its XenDesktop desktop virtualization and XenApp application virtualization tools, and is using the opportunity to remind everyone that there is a perfectly legal – in the Microsoft-licensing sense of that word – way to stream Office applications down to end users.
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Pirate Bay plans sky-high flying proxy servers

The Pirate Bay says it is planning a fleet of airborne servers to evade the attempts of anti-piracy forces to shut down their file-sharing service.
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Acer smears punters' lives over iCloud clone for Android

Acer has launched an iCloud-like cloud data-sharing service as part of its PC business re-energising initiative. Consumer users with AcerCloud can now share a content library on their Acer PC with Android tablets and phones across all brands.
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Mike Daisey’s Sydney video reveals more grey areas

The Sydney Opera House “will be looking into” appearances under its roof by controversial Monologist Mike Daisey. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs a monologue Daisey performs in which he describes practices at the Foxconn plant where Apple products are made, was last week disowned by influential US radio program This American Life.
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ClearStory uncloaks with big data visualization vision

Yet another big-data company has come out of stealth mode, and this one, called ClearStory Data, has its sights set on making it easier for companies to mash-up and visualize data sets rather than just focusing on data-munching itself.
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Latest Linux kernel 3.3 comes with added Android

The latest kernel update for Linux has been released, and features supporting Android are back for the first time since 2010, along with improved processor and networking support.
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Microsoft exec: 'Cloud a half-trillion dollar biz by 2020'

Convergence 2012 The uptake of cloud services is accelerating faster than initially thought, and could be a half a trillion dollar business by the end of the decade, Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner told attendees of the Convergence 2012 conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday.
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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

Convergence 2012 You've got to hand it to Kirill Tatarinov, the head of Microsoft's ERP division. The Russian Rocket was cool as a cucumber on Monday when a demo of the Windows 8 Metro UI running on a touch-screen tablet crashed and burned during the opening keynote of Convergence 2012.
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Free apps suck your power: researchers

As you tap away at your free copy of Angry Birds and sneer at those who pay for games, consider this: how much is it costing you in battery life?
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Aussie hardcore gamers set to be legit

The lengthy struggle to install an R18+ category for the Australian computer gaming sector is closer to fruition, with legislation passing the House of Representatives yesterday.
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Singers set to swing with cloud boom

Cloud computing is expected to stimulate the creation of 12,000 new jobs in Singapore by 2015.
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NetZero back in the game with free-ish 4G

NetZero, the first ISP to offer free dial-up internet back in 1998, is back in the game with an offer of nearly free 4G mobile internet using Sprint's remaining WiMax infrastructure.
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Einstein online archive expands

As a commemoration of the 133rd birthday of Albert Einstein, the online archives of his work are being expanded to contain more than 80,000 documents.
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Humans best crossword-puzzling computer

Officially, humans are the only ones who can enter the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which was held in Brooklyn, New York over the weekend. But this time artificial intelligence expert Matt Ginsberg of On Time Systems has put his Dr Fill crossword solver to the test. As the results show, you don't have to throw out your pencil just yet.
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Samsung backside-bitten by emoticon patent trollery

Samsung’s patent lawsuit against Apple over emoticons has bitten the smartphone maker in the behind, with a patent troll hoarder called Varia now suing Samsung over the same thing.